Ngaio Marsh’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Ngaio Marsh Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author Ngaio Marsh, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Ngaio Marsh you will find my Ten favourites of Ngaio Marsh’s quotes. 

Popular Quotes

“Stop talking. Can’t you see I’m detecting?”
― Ngaio Marsh, Death in Ecstasy

 “Why do you want to become an author? I will accept only one answer. If it is because you feel you can write better than you can do anything else then go ahead and do it without frills and flourishes. Stick to your present job and write in your spare time: but do it as if it is a whole time job.”
― Ngaio Marsh, Death on the Air and Other Stories

“It’s like one of those affairs in books,” said Bailey disgustedly.”Someone trying to think up a new way to do a murder. Silly, I call it.”

“What do you say, Roper?” said Alleyn.

“To my way of thinking, sir,” said Sergeant Roper, “these thrillers are ruining our criminal classes.”
― Ngaio Marsh, Overture to Death

 “We do not wait for inspiration. We work because we’ve jolly well got to. But when all is said and done, we toil at this particular job because it’s turned out to be our particular job, and in a weird sort of way I suppose we may be said to like it.”
― Ngaio Marsh, Ngaio Marsh: A Life

 “You may be able to write a novel, you may not. You will never know until you have worked very hard indeed and written at least part of it. You will never really know until you have written the whole of it and submitted it for publication.”
― Ngaio Marsh, Death on the Air and Other Stories

 “My poor fat Alfie! He was not a romantic husband, but he was so kind and understanding. He never minded whether I was amusing or dull. He thought it impossible that I could be dull. I didn’t have to bother about any of that.”
― Ngaio Marsh, Vintage Murder

“You must be able to write. You must have a sense of form, of pattern, of design. You must have a respect for and a mastery over words.”
― Ngaio Marsh, Death on the Air and Other Stories

 “Above all things — read. Read the great stylists who cannot be copied rather than the successful writers who must not be copied.”
― Ngaio Marsh, Death on the Air and Other Stories

“It is a curious thing that when one speaks from the heart it is invariably in the worst of taste.”
― Ngaio Marsh, Death in a White Tie

“There are people to whom one need not show off. It’s a great comfort sometimes.”
― Ngaio Marsh, Vintage Murder

10 Famous Quotes by Author Ngaio Marsh

So there you have it my Ten favourite quotes by Ngaio Marsh, please comment below and share your favourite quotes by the fantastic author Ngaio Marsh.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Ngaio Marsh. 

One Final Bonus – Ngaio Marsh Quote 

“Please don’t entertain for a moment the utterly mistaken idea that there is no drudgery in writing. There is a great deal of drudgery in even the most inspired, the most noble, the most distinguished writing. Read what the great ones have said about their jobs; how they never sit down to their work without a sigh of distress and never get up from it witout a sigh of relief. Do you imagine that your Muse is forever flamelike — breathing the inspired word, the wonderful situation, the superb solution into your attentive ear? … Believe me, my poor boy, if you wait for inspiration in our set-up, you’ll wait for ever.”

― Ngaio Marsh, Death on the Air and Other Stories

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